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Tim Chapin

Dr. Tim Chapin is dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Prior to his appointment as dean after a national search in 2017, Chapin served a six-year term as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, two years as associate dean for development for the college, and one year as interim dean from May 2016 to May 2017. (Read the full article about his appointment at this link.)

Since joining FSU in 1999, Chapin has undertaken research on the effectiveness of Florida’s growth management system and the role of sports facilities in the promotion of urban redevelopment. He is a noted expert on land use and comprehensive planning, growth management, and urban redevelopment.

Chapin’s current research interests revolve around how Florida’s demographic trends influence urban patterns and transportation systems in the state. Over his career he has secured more than $3 million in outside funding from federal, state, and local governments to support his research.

Chapin also serves as the Senior Associate Editor and Review Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. He holds a BA in Sociology from Emory University, a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington.

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